By those that (like winds) scatter far and wide;
And those that (like clouds) bear heavy burdens:
And those (like ships) that run with gentle ease;
And those (angels) who distribute by command (of God, His provision of rain and innumerable other blessings):
What you are promised is most certainly true:
The Last Judgment is bound to take place.
By the heaven full of braided pathways (for the movement of angels and celestial objects, for the sending down of God’s commands, and for the ascent of the diverse supplications of conscious beings by speech or act or need):
Surely you are in contradicting views (about the Qur’an and how to describe it).
Whoever has been deluded from it (the Qur’an) is (first) self-deluded (turning away from the right way in thought, belief, and action).
Be away from God’s mercy the liars building on conjecture,
Who are quite heedless (of truth) in an abyss of ignorance.
They ask: "When is the Day of Judgment?"
The Day when they will be tormented over the Fire.
"Taste your torment (that you have brought upon yourselves). This is what you (in mockery) would ask to be hastened!"
As for the God-revering, pious: they will be in Gardens and springs,
Taking whatever their Lord grants them. For they were, before that, devoted to doing God’s commands, aware that God was seeing them.
They used to sleep but little by night (almost never missing the Tahajjud Prayer).
And in the hour of early dawn, they would implore God’s forgiveness.
And in their wealth the poor (who had to beg) and the destitute (who did not beg out of shame) had due share (a right they gladly honored).
On the earth there are (clear) signs (of God’s Oneness as Lord and Sovereign) for those who seek certainty;
And also in your own selves. Will you then not see (the truth)?
And in the heaven there is your provision, and what you are promised.
Then, by the Lord of the heaven and the earth, this (promise) is as much (a fact conveyed to you) as that you speak.
Has there come to you report of Abraham’s honored guests?
They presented themselves before him and bade him peace. He said (in returning their greeting) "Peace!" (and thought:) A people unknown.
He withdrew to his household and brought a (roast of) fatted calf.
He placed it before them, and said: "Will you not eat?"
(When he saw that they did not eat) he became apprehensive of them. They said: "Do not be apprehensive!" They gave him the glad tidings of (the birth of) a son to be endowed with profound knowledge.
Then his wife came forward, groaning, and struck her forehead, saying: "How shall I bear a child, (being) a barren old woman?"
They said: "Thus has your Lord decreed. Surely He is the All-Wise, the All-Knowing."
He (Abraham) said: "Then (after that), what is your concern, O you (heavenly) envoys?"
They said: "Indeed, we have been sent to a people who are all criminals,
"So that We may send upon them stones of baked clay,
"Marked out in your Lord’s Presence for (the destruction of) the people wasteful (of their God-given faculties and) committing excesses."
We brought out (from the land) those in it who were believers;
But We did not find there any but a single house of Muslims (those wholly submitted to God).
We left there a clear sign (of the truth of God’s Messages) for those who fear the painful punishment."
And in (the exemplary history of) Moses too (there is a clear sign): We sent him as Messenger to the Pharaoh with an evident authority.
But the Pharaoh turned away (from Our Message), together with his hosts, and said: "(Moses is either) a sorcerer or a madman."
So We seized him and his hosts, and hurled them into the sea. And he was self-accused, remorseful (too late, when he was drowning).
And in (the exemplary history of the tribe of) ‘Ad also (there is a clear sign), when We sent upon them the devastating wind.
It spared nothing that it reached, but made it like ashes.
And in (the exemplary history of the tribe of) Thamud also (there is a clear sign), when they (were given respite and) it was said to them: "Enjoy life for a little while!"
But they rebelled against their Lord’s decree, so the thunderbolt (along with the blast) seized them, even while they were looking on.
They were not able to rise up (still less escape the punishment), nor were able to receive help.
(And We had destroyed) the people of Noah before. They were a people transgressing (God’s bounds).
And the heaven, We have constructed it mightily, and it is surely We Who have vast power, and keep expanding it.
And the earth, We have spread it out, and how excellent We are in spreading it out (like a cradle).
And all things We have created in pairs, so that you may reflect and be mindful.
"So, flee to (refuge in) God. I am surely from Him to you a plain warner.
"And do not set up another deity besides God. I am surely a plain warner from Him to you."
Similarly, no Messenger came to the peoples who lived before them but they said of him (in like manner): "A sorcerer or a madman."
Have they bequeathed this to one another (by way of response)? They were indeed a rebellious people.
So, turn away from disputing with them, and you are not to be blamed (for doing so).
But remind and warn, for reminding and warning are of benefit to the believers.
I have not created the jinn and humankind but to (know and) worship Me (exclusively).
I demand of them no provision, nor do I demand that they should feed Me.
Surely God – it is He Who is the All-Providing, Lord of all might, and the All-Forceful.
So surely those who commit the greatest wrong (namely, not believing in and worshipping God or associating partners with Him in worship), will have their share (of the punishment) like the share of their fellows (of old who were destroyed). Then, let them not ask Me to hasten it.
Then, woe to those who disbelieve because of their Day with which they are threatened.